Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel Review Round-Up

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Digital Photography Review

The EOS 300D’s plastic body is just one of the elements used to reduce the cost of the camera, others include the use of a pentamirror in the viewfinder instead of a pentaprism, a reduction of features … and a shifting of manufacturing from Japan to Taiwan. … The EOS 300D’s sharpness is twice as strong as the EOS 10D. In addition to this the EOS 300D is the first Canon digital SLR to support a new lens called the EF-S (S = short back focus), this has the same mount and electrical contacts as an EF lens but has a rear element which fits further into the camera allowing it to be closer to the image sensor. … The EOS 300D is a formidable camera, not from a feature set point of view. Not from a body finish point of view … but rather for what it offers, for its value for money. … Almost laughably the majority of the EOS 300D’s limitations are ‘programmed in’… Obviously reducing the feature set leaves the EOS 300D weaker in some respects than many similarly priced prosumer digital cameras. Canon is clearly hoping that the speed, AF, lens choice and low noise high ISO trade-offs will be worth it for a considerable number of people, who will buy into EF lenses and work their way up to an EOS 10D priced digital SLR in the future. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel Reviews

Steve’s Digicam

Canon’s new EOS Digital Rebel … falls into the newly created Amateur dSLR category. The EOS Digital Rebel is a somewhat de-featured EOS 10D, using a similar (but different) 6.3-megapixel CMOS imager and Canon’s DIGIC processor. It lacks features such as the ability to select the metering mode, less control over focus modes, no Custom Settings Menu and no external flash PC connector. The Digital Rebel has a polycarbonate (high-impact plastic) body whereas the 10D has a cast magnesium (metal) body. … believe me, the EOS Digital Rebel is as capable of taking a great picture as the 10D. The Digital Rebel will more than fill the needs of non-professional users who tired of dealing with the limitations of consumer digicams. The Digital Rebel may be Canon’s “economy model” dSLR but it’s loaded with performance features such as a continuous shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second up to a maximum of four frames. A robust 7-point autofocus system and a 35-zone matrix exposure metering with center-weighted averaging and 9.5 ° spot metering options (selected by exposure mode only). The Digital Rebel’s autofocus system is excellent. Overall performance of the Digital Rebel is quite robust. READ FULL REVIEW

CNET

A low price boosts the Canon EOS Digital Rebel’s appeal for amateur film-SLR photographers going digital and high-end snapshooters who want to experiment more. It’s tempting to think of Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel … as a light version of the EOS 10D. But luckily for consumers, the Rebel is more of a middleweight champion, delivering slightly scaled-back performance but similar high-quality, 6.3-megapixel images and most of the EOS 10D’s capabilities. … At 1 pound, 14 ounces, it’s significantly heavier than its film siblings, but it has the identical solid-feeling, two-tone plastic body and accepts all the same Canon and third-party EF-mount lenses. The camera doesn’t support the TIFF format; ISO speed settings top off at 1,600 instead of 3,200; and you can’t tweak white balance in degrees Kelvin, assign functions to buttons and dials, or change behaviors such as shot order and increments for exposure bracketing. By all measures, the EOS Digital Rebel is quite zippy for a consumer camera; we have few complaints about its performance … READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel is Canon’s latest marketing step toward domination of the digital camera market. Knowing beforehand that the Rebel’s body was plastic, I was prepared for a camera body that was both light weight and a bit flimsy. The light weight we got, but flimsy it isn’t. In fact in some ways it feels even more rigid than its predecessor. Image quality is about as good as it gets from the current state-of-the-art. Few would argue that Canon’s CMOS technology produces some of the cleanest images around, with excellent resolution and accurate color. I don’t know of any 6MP camera available today that can exceed this all-around performance in any meaningful way. But, there are indeed a few things missing. It would be surprising if there weren’t, given the price point. The is no mirror lock up; no user selectable metering modes; and also slightly reduced high ISO capability (no ISO 3200) along with somewhat slower shooting speed and a mirror mechanism with more vibration and slap. I don’t see any of these as deal breakers, considering this camera’s primary constitituancy. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

This is another landmark DSLR. It is probably the best camera for every amateur photographer who wants a digital camera and doesn’t have more than $1,000 to spend. It’s the cheapest digital SLR on the planet and also has a whopping 6.3 megapixels. Looking at the sample images it looks fantastic, and better than my $4,000 Nikon D1H. It sells for $749 with a very useful new 18-55 mm lens which I suggest, or $699 without a lens. READ FULL REVIEW

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